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ACUNS Annual Meeting
23-25 June 2022
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June 25, 08:30 - 10:00 CEST
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Roundtable: Book

New Paths and Policies Towards Conflict Prevention: Chinese and Swiss Perspectives edited by Courtney J. Fung, Björn Gehrmann, Rachel F. Madenyika, and Jason G. Tower

  • Conflict Prevention and Mediation
  • Peace and Security

New Paths and Policies Towards Conflict Prevention Chinese and Swiss Perspectives This roundtable explores the discourse on conflict prevention and peacebuilding by bringing together researchers and policymakers from China and Switzerland to discuss their work in the edited volume, New Paths and Policies towards Conflict Prevention: Chinese and Swiss Perspectives. The Charter of the United Nations, adopted in the immediate aftermath of World War II, is clear about the fundamental necessity for the international community to act in partnership to prevent violent conflict. Given recent shifts in global power dynamics, there is an apparent need for international policy issues to be addressed in ways that are inclusive of a wider variety of perspectives and approaches. Chinese policy actors are increasingly interested in fostering their own discourse on issues of prevention and peacebuilding, rooted in Chinese experience, and engaging with peers from other contexts. The chapters in this volume explore the rationale for conflict prevention and review prevailing academic and practitioner discourses on fundamental questions such as the rationales for why conflicts should be prevented and whether ‘mainstream approaches’ are still relevant. The edited volume was developed following a series of policy dialogues with Swiss and Chinese practitioner-scholars. These same authors will participate in the session.

  • Speakers

    • Guihong Zhang
      Fudan University (China)
    • Katia Papagianni
      Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Switzerland)
    • Björn Gehrmann
      Federal Foreign Office (Germany)
  • Chair

    • 2022 06 20 Courtney Fung Headshot
      Courtney J. Fung
      Macquarie University (Australia)